now though, although the pope had made this deal, beginning in 1922 with mussolini, he was, had long begun to have second thoughts, to have real doubts. mussolini, in recent years, now, back to the scene on his last days on earth, he, as he thought back on the last few years, mussolini seemed to be thinking he was becoming a god himself. and the other thing that really bothered the pope about mussolini was his increasing embrace of hitler, the man pope pius xi despised. as mussolini in mid 30s grew closer and closer to hitler, the pope grew more and more uncomfortable. in may of 1938 mussolini hosted hitler in rome, in italy for a triumphal visit.